Saturday, September 15, 2012
Engebretson pounds down nine as girls sweep
Morris Area Chokio Alberta volleyball drew up to .500 Tuesday (9/11) with a convincing win over Paynesville. Playing at home, the Tigers looked sharp in sweeping the Bulldogs. They got their fourth win of the season with scores of 25-17, 25-13 and 25-12.
Power at the net was supplied by several Tigers including Sydney Engebretson whose kill total of nine was team-best. Engebretson had 24 good hits in 26 attempts. Paige Schieler showed poise in the front row, coming at the green-clad Bulldogs with eight kills. Her stats in good/attempts were 24-29.
Nicole Strobel had five kills to go with her perfect 17-for-17 numbers in good/attempts. MicKenley Nagel went 14-for-15 with one kill.
Strobel stretched out for three ace blocks while Katie Holzheimer had one. Holzheimer was a stalwart in setting as she raced around the court to perform 49 good in 49 attempts with eleven assists. Chelsey Ehleringer was another main setter and her stats were 34-for-35 and six assists. Kayla Pring was on the alert for setting opportunities and this Tiger had five good in five attempts with one assist.
Mikaela Henrichs led in digs as she often does, performing 15 on this night. Beth Holland and Ehleringer each had nine digs, and Hunter Mundal came through with six. On to serving: Here we had Pring nailing three aces while having 15 good in 15 attempts. Henrichs and Holzheimer each achieved two serve aces. Henrichs had 12 good in 12 attempts while Holzheimer went 12-for-13. Holland had one ace while going nine-for-ten.
The Tigers came out of Tuesday with a 4-4 record on the young season. Bryanna Burg punched down eight kills for the visiting Bulldogs. Sadie Hukriede had five kills for the green crew, and Merisa Whitcomb had 18 set assists and 12 digs.
The Tigers didn't fare so well Thursday on the road, falling to unbeaten Sauk Centre in three. Scores were 20-25, 5-25 and 16-25. Macy Weller was a force for the Streeters with 21 kills, three blocks, five digs and three serving aces. Jena Klaphake was a proficient setter. Ashley Kollman had eleven kills and eleven digs for the host, and Kendra ZenZen powered eight kills and also supplied seven digs. Sauk Centre improved to 8-0 in overall.
Cross country: Smith, Reese at the fore
The atmosphere still spelled "summer" when cross country athletes gathered in Spicer Thursday (9/13) for a big meet. This was the annual Little Crow event. It was truly a sun-splashed affair for its 2012 edition. The temperature hovered around 75 degrees as MaKenzie Smith and Roy Reese set the pace for MACA.
Smith made a bid for No. 1, staying fairly even with fellow elite runner Emily Wolter. But after a mile it was Wolter who picked up steam for Holdingford and she arrived at the finish chute No. 1 with her time of 15:04 in the 4,000-meter course. Smith took second, arriving at the chute 20 seconds later. The Holdingford Huskers topped the girls team standings while the Tigers were well down the list.
Rachel Rausch was the second-fastest Tiger, clocked at 16:49 for 18th place. Becca Holland had an 18:18 time which put her in 43rd. Tahni Jungst posted a 20:22 time and Miranda Day was clocked at 24:11.
Roy Reese made the top ten in the boys race. Reese finished right at No. 10 with his time of 18:03.57 (over 5,000 meters). Ben Burgett of Community Christian School (Willmar) was boys champion, clocked at 16:35.34.
Ryan Gray was the second fastest MACA runner with his 19:21.10 time, good for 37th. Beau Keimig was timed at 20:28.88 and Eric Staebler at 21:15.33.
The Holdingford boys team matched the success of the girls in the team standings. The Husker boys took the crown while Morris Area Chokio Alberta finished in tenth.
Tennis: home match vs. Sting
The Morris courts were the site for home tennis action on Tuesday, Sept. 11, with MACA matched against the Sting of Yellow Medicine East. The Tigers won in two of the singles slots but came up short in the others. So, the outcome was 2-5 with the visiting Sting the victor.
First singles Tiger Darcey Aronson came out on the short end vs. Jordan Glad, 1-6, 2-6. Second singles athlete Danielle Clarke was a victor vs. Abbie Olson, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3 and 10-4. Third singles saw the Tiger prevail too and this was Rachel Christianson with outcomes of 6-4 and 6-1 over Megan Wagner. Shelby Marthaler was stopped at No. 4 singles by Leah Gluth with outcomes of 1-6 and 1-6.
On to doubles: Carly Gullickson and Kjersa Anderson were the No. 1 unit for MACA and they fell vs. Jordan Trotter and Britanna Raddatz, 3-6 and 1-6. Kaitlin Vogel and Katie Cannon were stopped at No. 2 doubles by Allie Trudel and Anna Posch, 2-6 and 4-6. Emily Moser and Elizabeth Schneider were defeated at No. 3 doubles by Sandy Bartels and Keanna Hammer, 2-6 and 0-6.
Fall sports continue to be blessed by summer conditions as this post is being put up. Outdoor sports are a joy now.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - firstname.lastname@example.org